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'''The Samples''' is a band formed in Boulder, CO in 1987. The band's name came from the members' early sustenance of food sampling|food samples from the local King Soopers grocery store.[ ] The music has been described as "reggae influenced rock/pop" and a cross between The Police and the Grateful Dead. The founding members were Sean Kelly (Guitar/Vocals), Charles Hambleton (Guitar), Andy Sheldon (Bass/Vocals), Jeep MacNichol (Drums/Vocals), and Al Laughlin (Keyboards/Vocals).
OriginBoulder, CO|Boulder, Colorado, United States
GenreAlternative rock, jam rock, reggae, Folk music|folk
Years active1987–present
LabelArista Records|Arista, What Are Records?|What Are?, MCA Records|MCA, Apache Records|Apache
Current membersSean Kelly
Will James
Scott Davies
Trevor Huster
Andy Bercaw
Past membersAndy Sheldon
Jeep MacNichol
Al Laughlin
Charles Hambleton
Kenny James
Jared Johnson
Sam Young
Alex Matson
Rob Somers
Len Mooney
Tom Askin
Brian "Snowman" Powers
Dan Blondin
Chat Churbuck
Karl Dietel
Billy Mutchler
Rich Ross
Dave Preston-Amidei
John Schaller
Randy Hetherington
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